As I explained previously, we had two weeks in Morocco in between two different organised Exodus trips (a walking holiday and a biking holiday) in the Anti-Atlas. We spent some of this time in Taroudant, some in Afensou in the High Atlas, and the rest in Agadir. We’d seen Agadir very briefly on the first evening of the walking trip, and in the dark I’d got the wrong opinion of it, thinking that there were only a few tourist hotels. It turned out that, along the beach front, there’s more than a mile of hotel after hotel, and the further away from the old centre you walk, the newer and fancier the hotels become. In the other direction to the north is a fancy and expensive marina.
Agadir is quite a tourist destination, so it seems, though nothing like Essaouira or Marrakesh. We spoke to one woman who was on her sixth visit this year.
There’s a bit of surfing (the waves are better about twenty miles north, where there are several surf villages), and camel rides are offered along the front for kids. In the evenings there are loads of restaurants to choose from.
We headed up the track to the Kasbah on top of the hill to the north of town, making sure to leave early in the morning before it got hot. There’s not a great deal of the kasbah left – much of it, along with the original town of Agadir, was destroyed in the earthquake of 1960.
We spent a surprisingly informative couple of hours in the Amazighe Heritage Museum in Agadir. It started off as many of our trips to museums do – strolling around the exhibits and trying to make sense of minimalist printed explanations in another language – but then an English-speaking guide appeared, and he turned out to be extremely good at talking about the various artefacts and their designs.
The other thing we did was to take a day trip south of Agadir, using Bakhazouz Tours, for an excursion to Massa, Tiznit, a bit of sand where tourist cars stopped that had been creatively named ‘the Little Sahara’ and the Barrage Youssef Ibn Tachfin.